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Advice on HTPC w/ Light Gaming ~$600

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I recently bought a TV for my room since watching on my gaming PC is a real pain. The primary purpose of this build is to stream everything from my unRAID server nice and smoothly. The most rigorous scenario I can think of is streaming a 1080p 10bit MKV upscaled with madVR. Aside from that, I would like to finally take advantage of that F710 wireless gamepad that I have sitting around. I want to be able to play some casual indie games along with some emulators (nothing above PSX) while sitting on the couch. I wont be needing a optical drive and a 64GB SSD is more than. My budget is around $600, but I'm willing to go a little above if necessary. I'm trying to fit this on a TV stand so a small form factor is ideal. Finally, while this isn't a requirement I want to consider the possibility of eventually putting my current i5 2500k and 670GTX in the build. I'll be upgrading sometime before the end of the year and it would be nice if I could put my old parts into the HTPC sometime in the future. Any ideas?
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I think you basically laid out your own plans, and they sound pretty good. Maybe an ITX build if small is a must, otherwise there are plenty of great m-atx boards that need some love, and if you aren't going to overclock and probably just run one GPU then a whole world of cheap ITX boards open up. Sounds like you could get by with integrated graphics and put money toward saving for that GTX 670 and get it quicker. Best of luck to ya! Also for like $600 you could build the HTPC I have. I'll put it in my sig in a moment.
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I did a similar build a couple months back. Same budget and everything.

I'd recommend going with socket 1155 because haswell seems to run too hot for sff builds.


CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($117.97 @ Outlet PC) - go with the z77 if you plan on putting in the 2500k
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V+200 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($71.06 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $454.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


The rest of the budget can go into a gpu. I went with a gtx 650ti due to size constraints and it's been holding up like a champ, especially with older titles that aren't too demanding. But you could always pick up a 7870, gtx 660 or maybe add a bit more and grab a gtx 760.

Also you could bump up the ssd to a samsung 840 120gb and grab it for $90 when it's on sale. The PSU is also a debatable choice... this one is a great value model but if you spend some more money you can grab something like a Rosewill Capstone.



edit: If you're adding the gtx 670 into the build later on then just use the on board graphics of the system for now. With the additional money I would bump up the ssd, grab a more efficient psu, maybe add a cpu cooler and go with either a i3 3225 (better graphics) or a cheaper range i5
Edited by McBean - 7/6/13 at 12:01am
    
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